Inaugural menopause summit set for Dublin in March

Advocates Davina McCall and Gráinne Seoige in speaker line-up

by Gazette Reporter
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Featuring leading advocates, clinicians, facilitators and professionals in the area of menopause and perimenopause, the inaugural National Menopause Summit Advocating for Change is announced to take place in the beautiful surroundings of The Round Room at The Mansion House in Dublin’s city centre on Thursday,, March 23.

Moderated by leading journalist and broadcaster Gráinne Seoige and featuring the phenomenal Davina McCall whose advocacy around perimenopause and menopause is unsurpassed, the National Menopause Summit will shift the narrative by debunking myths and taboos, providing inclusive fact based information, advocating for support across both the personal and professional arenas and provide a platform of understanding and respect to ensure no one suffers needlessly at this oftentimes highly challenging and transitional stage of life.

Compèring and moderating this landmark event is Gráinne Seoige whose recent TG4 documentary Meanapás: Meon Nua explored the topic of menopause, how it is handled in this country and served as a ground-breaking vehicle to debunk menopause for Irish women. The expertly curated panel of speakers will feature Davina McCall who has become a passionate advocate for raising awareness about menopause as well as fronting two critically acclaimed Channel 4 documentaries and recently releasing her book Menopausing

The inaugural summit’s powerful voices and exceptional speaker line-up also includes Loretta Dignam, founder and CEO of The Menopause Hub;  Dr Caoimhe Hartley, clinical lead Rotunda Hospital Menopause Clinic,  founder & CEO Menopause Health; Dr Sumi Dunne, GP and clinical lecturer in General Practice, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) and the GP expert on RTE’s Operation Transformation; Dr Deirdre Lundy, lead medical officer for the Complex Menopause Service at the National Maternity Hospital Holles Street; Sallyanne Brady, advocate and founder of The Irish Menopause;  Joanne Healy, head of group employee relations at Bank of Ireland and Katie Ridge, head of employer relations at Adare Human Resource Management.  Additional speakers will be announced over the coming months. 

One of Ireland’s favourite comedians, the inimitable Deirdre O’Kane will close out the day with a stand-up comedy set musing on all things menopause, midlife and the maelstrom that is modern living.

Founder and co-director of the National Menopause Summit, Sinead McNamara commented on the launch on the inaugural upcoming event. “This Masterclass in Menopause will deliver the ‘no filter reality’ of the serious challenges perimenopause and menopause presents while affording attendees best in class knowledge and information to negotiate these challenges.”

McNamara continued: “Also championing for a ‘new norm’ across the Irish workplace, The National Menopause Summit will advocate and empower the introduction of inclusive, compassionate and sympathetic work policies to ensure all feel supported to forge forward in their careers, thus stemming the flow of women choosing to exit the workforce, or disregard opportunities for advancement, due to the lack of these crucial supports.”

National Menopause Summit is presented by Best in Fest, the multi award winning events and festival agency based in Dublin. Over the past 20 years Best in Fest have built up a wealth of experience in creating, curating, producing and project managing a broad range of live events from large scale multi venue festivals with capacities in excess of 250,000 attendees, to launching and presenting landmark festival and events masterclasses, and collaborating with peer festival and event founders/producers in assisting them achieve their creative and commercial goals.

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